What are Star Assessments?
Star Assessments are online tests for Reading and Maths currently used by over 5,500 schools across the UK and Ireland. Star Assessments provide you with reliable data showing progress made by each student and if they are on track to meet expected standards in the learning pathway. Star Assessments also provide a personalised learning plan for each student, helping to inform next teaching steps.
Benefits of using Star Assessments
Predict your SATs results with accuracy
Following the changes made to SATs in 2016, it has become hard to know what to expect when it comes to national testing. At Renaissance, we have carried out an extensive research study that compares pupils’ Star scores with their SATs results, ensuring 89% accuracy in Maths, 79% in reading, and 82% in SPaG.
The research was carried out with results from over 12,000 children in over 500 schools.
Table from research study comparing SATs outcomes with Star results.
Bridge assessment and instruction like never before
Star Assessments provide the most valid, reliable, actionable data in the least amount of testing time – typically 20 minutes or less. Aligned to the national curriculum, they reveal whether or not your children are meeting age-related expectations.
Computer-adaptive tests for reading, maths and early literacy
They can be used for progress monitoring and intervention, reporting results immediately to help inform planning and teaching.
Used by over 1 million children in Primary and Secondary schools across the UK, Star Assessments have been found by over 50 independent research studies to be valid and reliable.
Find out how Star can help you prepare for the new Welsh National Assessments
Star’s skill-based questions determine mastery within skill domains to ensure age-related expectations are being met. These skills are charted on the Core Progress learning progressions that have been built for the national curriculum in collaboration with the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).
Find out more about the work undertaken in collaboration with NFER to build learning progressions for the new national curriculum:
Actionable data to bridge assessment and learning
Teaching is about understanding the needs of each child and then addressing those needs in the right order, so that they can make progress. Star Assessments use test results to report suggested skills from the Core Progress learning progressions.
The instructional planning screens on the interactive Dashboard use this information to identify not only what your children know but also what they are ready to learn next.
Compare the strength of children’s growth
Knowing a child’s level of achievement tells you whether they are performing below, above or as expected. Star goes further by reporting a Student Growth Percentile (SGP): a measure of the relative strength of progress a child is making.
For example, a child may be performing at a low level but experiencing a high rate of growth. Conversely, a high-performing child could be stagnating. SGPs help teachers to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching programmes and intervention strategies.
By Dr Damian W Betebenner
Read from Dr Betebenner, who developed Student Growth Percentiles, how this measure works within the Star Assessments to provide a uniquely useful insight for teachers.
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Book a free online demonstration of Star Assessments
Please use the form below to arrange an online demonstration of Star from a member of our team.
You will be introduced to the key features of Star, see how it works, and have the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have about the product. The demo will last approximately 30 minutes.
Build a quotation for Star Assessments
Please use the form below to request a quotation from a member of our team.
Star is available by subscription and quotations are tailored to each school’s specific needs and requirements. A member of our team will contact you to discuss your needs further and provide a quotation for the programme.